The German Government is reportedly considering whether to deport half of the country’s Afghan migrants.
The nation currently contains 79,449 Afghans who have applied for asylum.
Berlin wants to deport around 40,000 people back to Afghanistan as part of a bilateral arrangement with Kabul – including refugees prepared to return voluntarily.
Migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected three times in a row are also planned to be included, according to Bild magazine.
There is no mention of what kind if timescale the deportations would stick to, and it is not expected to include women and children.
Under the plan most migrants would reportedly be taken to Afghanistan on charter flights
The news comes amid rising tensions over migration into Germany, and increasing support for right wing political parties.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been criticized in some quarters for her ‘open door’ policy for refugees after Germany took around one million people sought asylum in the country last year.
A further 300,000 people are expected to arrive over the next 12 months.
The huge number of incomers are currently being housed in hostels, sports halls and army barracks.
The cramped conditions have led to incidents of violence at times, which have horrified public opinion in Germany.
Voters delivered a stunning rebuke in a recent election to Merkel, who has firmly stood by her policy of embracing more and more refugees. Her party, the Christian Democratic Union, suffered its worst defeat ever at the polls, and fell to third behind a nationalist party with a platform of limiting refugee intake.
Now candidates from a sister party, the Christian Social Union, are vowing not to back Merkel for a fourth term. Although Merkel has acknowledged her refugee policies have been a source of trouble for the country, she is adamant that the lack of support is based on flawed implementation rather than the principal behind the policies.
“There are political issues that one can see coming but don’t really register with people at that certain moment,” Merkel said in a recent interview, blaming failure to act sooner for the unrest regarding the refugees. “In Germany we ignored both the problem for too long and blocked out the need to find a pan-European solution.”